Tea (or chai) has become an intrinsic part of Indian DNA. We cannot imagine starting our morning without a warm and comforting cup of tea. No matter what time it is, chai is a beverage we can savour any time, any day. And, of course, when there is chai there has to be a chai-time snack too! From pakoras to samosas, there are so many wonderful Indian snacks that go well with a cup of chai. But did you know there are some foods that we should avoid consuming with our cup of tea? As per traditional medicine and health experts' advice, these are ideally never consumed with chai to avoid digestive issues and more. "Tea and coffee should never be consumed with your main meals. It slows the digestion and absorption of nutrients from food," reveals Delhi-based nutritionist and macrobiotic health coach Shilpa Arora.
Here Are 5 Foods You Should Avoid Consuming With Chai:
1. Green Vegetables
It is said that iron-rich leafy greens and other green vegetables are best avoided with chai. This is because tea contains tannins and oxalates that can inhibit the absorption of iron in the body. Thus, the body would not be able to absorb the iron content from green vegetables.
2. Fruit Salad
Since chai is hot and heats up the system from within, it is best to avoid consuming cold and raw foods along with it. "Fruits are again nutrient-dense. Having tea and coffee with fruits will give you acidity. So avoid any fruit with hot beverages," explained Shilpa Arora. So, if you're planning to eat fresh fruits, fruit salad, or even any fruit-based dessert such as fruit cream, avoid it as much as possible or wait till your cup of tea gets over!
3. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is often added to black tea to make it a weight loss remedy or even simply enhance its taste. But experts advise against this practice, the reason being that lemon juice is acidic in nature. This means that adding lemon juice to your tea can actually increase the acid levels of the beverage, thus causing digestive issues such as bloating. For people who often experience acid reflux, the addition of lemon juice to chai is best avoided.
Haldi or turmeric is known to be one of the biggest superfoods of Indian cuisine. But interestingly, adding turmeric to chai or having turmeric-rich food items with tea can prove harmful to the body. Turmeric contains curcumin, while tea has tannin and the combination of both together may cause gastric problems such as acidity or constipation.
Curd (or yogurt) is another example of cold food that is ideally avoided with tea. Since tea is a hot beverage, pairing curd or any other cold product with it is not a good idea and experts usually advise against the same.
So, what should tea be consumed with? Instead of these foods, you can consume nuts or other snacks with your cup of tea. "Tea and coffee should be consumed with a snack like nuts, maybe almonds or cashews," suggests Shilpa Arora. So, next time you relish a cup of tea, make sure to avoid these foods and keep digestive issues at bay!
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